Climate Convention Update: Japan Just Says “No” – Again
The first bombshell was dropped yesterday at the climate talks in Cancun, Mexico when Japan announced publicly that it would not support the setting of new emissions reduction targets after 2012 when the current targets under the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) expire.
Japan said it would not agree to a 2nd Commitment Period (2CP) “under any circumstances,” but then blamed its hardline position on its desire to see a single, binding agreement on emissions reduction that includes developing and developed countries – the U.S. and China most of all – an agreement that is less and less likely to emerge.
Japan seems to following a pattern of just saying “no” to things lately – “no” to stopping commercial whaling, “no” to protecting sharks and bluefin tuna, and “no” to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The statement took the air out of the room and left the ability of the Conference to achieve meaningful steps toward a single, binding agreement further in doubt. For its destructive actions, the Climate Action Network (CAN) International award Japan yesterday’s “Fossil of the Day” prize in a lavish ceremony complete with dinosaur-bone flags and a theme song to the tune of the music from “Jurassic Park.”
On the first day of the Convention, Canada earned 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in CAN’s “Fossil of the Day” competition for a slew of recent climate-busting actions at home too numerous to count. CAN also hands out a daily “Ray of the Day” award at climate change conventions for positive actions taken by countries. Thus far at the talks, however, no “Rays of the Day” have been awarded.
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